Sharkie’s Machine: Kid Diamond or Cubic Zirconium?
By Frank Gonzalez Jr., exclusive to Doghouse Boxing (Sept 20, 2008) Photo © German Villasenor  
Friday night at the Buffalo Bills Star Arena in Primm Nevada, Lightweight prospect Almazvek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov (27-1-1, 15 KO’s) took on the veteran, former titlist, Javier Juaregui (53-16-2, 36 KO’s).

For the first three rounds, Juaregui landed the cleaner punches and blocked just about everything that Raiymkulov threw, most of which were wild punches in predictable order. Kid Diamond wasn’t shining very brightly. The old veteran Juaregui appeared to have his number.

In the fourth round, Kid Diamond managed to land some of the better punches during the frequent exchanges that he pressed to create. The fifth was also an improved round for Kid Diamond, who scored more often and outworked Jauregui, who looked to be slowing. This continued into the sixth round, with KD out hustling Jauregui and landing a few shots here and there.

The seventh saw Jauregui spend some of the energy he had saved from the last few rounds, scoring with some overhand rights and body shots. Kid Diamond did about as well and I saw that round as even.

Jauregui’s energy reserves didn’t hold up and as he slowed ever more. Kid Diamond controlled the action by applying pressure and at times, scored with his right hand. Clearly Kid Diamond had won the last three rounds of the fight.

Tallying up my scorecard, I had it a draw. The official Judges scored it, 97-94, 96-94 and 95-95. The Split Decision rendered Almazvek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov the winner.

2005 seems so long ago, when Kid Diamond administered a beating to Koba Gogoladze and I thought, Wow, this kid packs a mean punch! He went on to fight Joel Casamayor that turned out to be a Draw and later in that same year, he got TKO’d in ten at the hands of Nate Campbell.

After his performance Friday, against an old former titlist, suggests that Raiymkulov hasn’t really developed the kind of boxing skills that would compliment his aggressive demeanor. Hey, they can’t all be champions.

Raiymkulov is a hard working, blue collar fighter who, like Arturo Gatti, Emanuel Augustus or Mickey Ward, could be exciting to watch—if matched against similar level opposition. Friday night, he looked a bit over anxious and a touch undisciplined. If Jauregui didn’t tire out after the midway point of the fight, chances are, Raiymkulov would have lost an “honest” decision.

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